HomeIELTS SpeakingSpeaking Part 2Describe a holiday or vacation you have been on

Describe a holiday or vacation you have been on

You should say:

  • when you had it
  • where you went
  • what you did
  • and explain how you felt about it

Band 8 Sample

A few months ago, I went to the South of Vietnam for a vacation with my family. It’s was to the lovely coastal city of Nha Trang, which is also a very famous tourist destination. We decided to go there by plane since it is nearly 1200 kilometres from Hanoi, and would take a long time by car or train.

I was so eager for the trip that I prepared everything such as my clothes, camera and other accessories a week in advance. It took about an hour to fly there, and luckily, the flight took off on time. The trip began with an incredible view from the airplane window and I can still remember being quite overwhelmed by the beauty of my city from above and the amazing sunset.

The time we spent in Nha Trang was a blast. We got to try out so many new things such as skydiving, surfing, and diving to see the coral reef. This place has one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam with deep blue water and pearly-white sand. Also, the food there was so unique and delicious. I think the most memorable moment of that trip though was definitely when we bought fresh ingredients from a local market and grilled them by the beach. Sitting there by the fire on a breezy night with the delicious smell freshly barbequed fish was an amazing experience.

The trip to Nha Trang really was the holiday of a lifetime. We had a lot of fun and got to see a lot of spectacular scenery. We definitely enjoyed it and we will definitely go there again if we have a chance.

Vocabulary highlights:

  1. coastal city – a city that is located along the coast or near the ocean
  2. in advance – before it happens
  3. on time – to happen at the expected time
  4. incredible – amazing or hard to believe
  5. overwhelmed – to feel a sudden strong emotion
  6. a blast – a good time
  7. skydiving – jumping from an airplane and landing with a parachute
  8. unique – one of a kind
  9. breezy – a little windy
  10. spectacular – very exciting or interesting


  1. A few years ago I went on a holiday with my family to Thailand, it was a holiday of a lifetime in which I had a lot of memorable moments there , we enjoyed lots of breathtaking views such as the famous temple , we tried Thai food which is containing different flavours and spicy, it’s dilicous food I have ever tasted , when we went to the shop, I saw a various types of local crafts which I loved it so much and bought several gifts for my friends, I have spent an amazing time in Thailand, when I speak about this trip I feel as I am there at this moment …it was really a holiday of a lifetime.

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